SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee found himself the subject of ire after comparing a moment on SmackDown to one of the most iconic WrestleMania moments of all time!
Pat McAfee is known for getting excited while calling the action on SmackDown, often finding himself jumping up on the announce desk or yelling about the competitors involved. No one makes him more enthusiastic these days than Rick Boogs, who accompanies partner Shinksuke Nakamura to the ring and delights McAfee with his guitar playing and silly antics.
On the January 28th episode of SmackDown, Nakamura and Boogs faced off against the pair of Jinder Mahal and Shanky, and one moment had McAfee particularly riled up. At the end of the match, Boogs lifted the much larger Shanky up to hit his signature slam called the Boogs Cruise to secure the pinfall victory. Pat McAfee exclaimed, “It’s just like Hogan and Andre!” in reference to the iconic WrestleMania III moment that saw Hogan bodyslam Andre the Giant.
However, the commentator revealed on The Pat McAfee Show that not everyone was fond of this comparison, and he received pushback for making the remark that many found to be too drastic in its hyperbole despite both featuring great feats of strength.
“I said when Boogs did that to Shanky the other night, ‘This is like Hulk Hogan with Andre the Giant,'” said McAfee. “I got killed for it… I got killed for it. It was Friday Night SmackDown and it was… similar feats of strength.”
Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant faced off at WrestleMania III in 1987 in a rare instance of Hulk Hogan feeling like an underdog, outmatched in size and strength. The moment McAfee referred to is one of the most remembered in WrestleMania history and saw Hulk Hogan lift up the giant for a bodyslam, securing the victory and retaining his championship against the man touted as “undefeated” going into the bout.
Pat McAfee also revealed recently that he gets in trouble with Vince McMahon for saying the phrase “future Hall of Famer” on the microphone.